Laptop Reviews

MSI PS42 (8RB) Review & Rating

MSI sells a gaggle of gaming laptops, but only one ultraportable: the new PS42 (starts at $899; $1,299 as tested). It’s a svelte 14-inch conventional notebook in silver that seeks to compete with category titans like the Dell XPS 13, the Apple MacBook Pro, and the HP Spectre 13. The PS42 is an admirable effort from the Taiwanese PC maker, and it gets a lot of things right, including a well-designed keyboard and an excellent display. There’s a lot of…

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HP Chromebook x2 Review & Rating

When I say “Chromebook,” do you think of a plastic clamshell that costs $199? You couldn’t be further from the truth of today’s sophisticated Chrome OS laptops, and perhaps the one you’re furthest from is HP’s new Chromebook x2. For one thing, the x2 isn’t cheap at $599.99. For another, it’s aluminum rather than plastic, with the same swank faux-ceramic finish as HP’s Spectre 13. And instead of a conventional clamshell, it’s a 2-in-1—the first Chromebook to be a detachable…

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The Best 17-Inch Laptops | PCMag.com

How to Buy the Best Giant-Screen Laptop If you’re a big-picture sort of person, you need a laptop to match. You yearn for a notebook (the word “laptop” is a bit of a misnomer for these bulky thigh-crushers) that not only capably replaces a desktop PC, but also gives you an easy-on-the-eyes, panoramic view of your workspace or playing field. That means a 17-inch model, one with the largest popular screen size in the portable universe. Seventeen-inch laptops feature displays…

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Deal alert: This lightweight Core i5-powered Lenovo Ideapad laptop is just $550 at Staples—$200 off

Deal alert: This lightweight Core i5-powered Lenovo Ideapad laptop is just $550 at Staples—$200 off | PCWorld <!– –> <!– –> ‘); consent.ads.queue.push(function(){ try { IDG.GPT.addDisplayedAd(“gpt-superstitial”, “true”); $(‘#gpt-superstitial’).responsiveAd({screenSize:’971 1115′, scriptTags: []}); IDG.GPT.log(“Creating ad: gpt-superstitial [971 1115]”); } catch (exception) { console.log(“Error with IDG.GPT: ” + exception); } }); Staples is selling a Lenovo Ideapad 530s with a 1080p screen and a potent Core i5 CPU for $200 off. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error…

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Dell XPS 15 9570 Review: A 6-core Core i7 makes it all worthwhile

You know who has an easy job today? Dell’s XPS 15 designer. That’s because the popular 15.6-inch laptop gets the upgrade it deserves with Intel’s 8th-gen 6-core Core i7 chip. Dell also tucked in a GPU upgrade to make what is ultimately the fastest XPS 15 we’ve seen yet.  Dell XPS 15 features and specs The Dell XPS 15 comes in many flavors, but the specs of our 9570 review unit are as follows:  CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU…

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Lenovo Legion Y920 review: A hefty gaming laptop with buttery graphics and a mechanical keyboard

The Lenovo Legion Y920, with its full-on GTX 1070-calibre graphics, a bright 17-inch screen, and a mechanical keyboard, makes for a solid—and quite hefty—gaming laptop. Besides its premium mechanical keyboard, the Y920 boasts some enticing amenities that its competitors lack, such as a one-touch Turbo mode and Dolby Atmos sound. It’s a good machine, but shop wisely. Gamers focused purely on the visuals may balk at the Y920’s hefty price tag, particularly given that a similarly configured version of the…

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Save Up to 25 Percent With HP’s Buy More Save More Sale

If you’re in the market for a new desktop or laptop, HP’s Buy More Save More Sale is a must-see event. With the right coupon in play, you can save up to 25 percent off the retail price on select models. This massive sale won’t last forever though, so don’t hesitate to place your order. One of the best deals available right now is the 13.3-inch HP Envy 13t quad-core laptop. When you apply coupon code 25BMSM918 during checkout, the…

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Dell Precision 7730 Review & Rating

Some mobile workstations stretch the definition of “portable.” Take the Dell Precision 7730 (models start at $1,463), a hefty 17-inch workstation-laptop dynamo for professionals in fields like engineering, graphic design, high-end data modeling, and virtual-reality content creation. Dell offers a very wide array of configurations, but our $5,534 tester maxes out the category, posting higher scores than the competition across the board. The build quality and feature set are straightforward, and not every model will be as fast as this…

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) review: A business laptop that’s tops in its class

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) continues its tradition as a premier, though pricey, business laptop that weighs as little as some tablets. Quite simply, it exudes quality. Around the very good 14-inch display can be found a variety of ports, including a pair of high-speed Thunderbolt connectors ideal for driving external displays. Battery life is also very good, though that’s assisted by the somewhat basic 1080p display that accompanied our review unit. Under the hood, there’s an 8th-gen Intel…

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Dell G7 15 (7588) review: A hex-core gaming laptop that won’t break the bank

The Dell G7 15 is a mid-size gaming laptop with middle-of-the-road GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics, middling battery life, and—you guessed it—a mid-range price tag of $1,200. But this system boasts a stellar feature that sets it apart from the crowd: a hex-core, benchmark-crushing Core i7 processor that’ll thrill content creators. Indeed, the G7 15’s overall performance is only a step or two behind that of our current 15-inch gaming laptop, the thinner and lighter MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, while…

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Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2018) Review & Rating

The option for an Intel Core i9 processor with six cores and a clock-speed ceiling of 4.8GHz makes its way to the 2018 refresh of Apple’s 15-inch MacBook Pro (starts at $2,399; $4,699 as tested). Not only does it offer the best raw computing performance we’ve seen from an Apple laptop, but it also helps make the MacBook Pro competitive with similarly priced Windows machines—mostly gaming laptops and workstations. Even better, this beast of a chip fits into the same…

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Most Sleeping Laptops Vulnerable to Cold Boot Attacks | News & Opinion

F-Secure demonstrates how. even if your laptop is fully encrypted, hackers can gain access to all the data stored on it if you leave it in sleep mode. Shutting down your laptop properly, or using hibernation and pre-boot authentication offer the best protection. Cold boot attacks have been around since 2008 and involve stealing information stored on a computer that hasn’t been shutdown properly, or left in a vulnerable sleeping state. They rely on data being left in memory, which…

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Walmart’s selling a GeForce GTX 1060-equipped Dell gaming laptop for a ludicrously low $880

Walmart’s selling a GeForce GTX 1060-equipped Dell gaming laptop for a ludicrously low $880 | PCWorld <!– –> <!– –> ‘); consent.ads.queue.push(function(){ try { IDG.GPT.addDisplayedAd(“gpt-superstitial”, “true”); $(‘#gpt-superstitial’).responsiveAd({screenSize:’971 1115′, scriptTags: []}); IDG.GPT.log(“Creating ad: gpt-superstitial [971 1115]”); } catch (exception) { console.log(“Error with IDG.GPT: ” + exception); } }); You don’t find GTX 1060 laptops this cheap very often. Thank you Your message has been sent. Sorry There was an error emailing this page. By Ian Paul Contributor, PCWorld | Sep 13,…

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Here’s every feature Apple might copy from the PC for the updated MacBook Air 13

The buzz continues to build for major changes to Apple’s most affordable MacBook Air 13. Few have any concrete facts on what Apple plans to do, but we’ve got some ideas, freshly ripped from the dozens of beautiful, sexy, stylish and fast PC laptops that have come out since the latest MacBook Air debuted in…2015?!. While adding touch and 360-degree convertible support might seem like a given—those are the two things least likely to happen to a MacBook today. IDG…

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Dell XPS 13 vs. Dell XPS 15: Which should you buy?

You’ve narrowed down your next laptop choice down to Dell’s superb XPS lineup. Your last question is probably, “which XPS is right for me?” Assuming you want to stick with a traditional clamshell design rather than a new-fangled Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 or Dell XPS 15 2-in-1, we’ll help you pick between Dell’s most popular XPS models : the current XPS 13 9370 and the XPS 15 9570. We’ve formally reviewed the “new” XPS 13 9370, and our verdict: It’s tiny and…

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-51-58HD review: Optane memory gives this budget laptop a boost

A budget laptop that manages to squeeze quad-core power into a reasonably slim-and-light design, the Acer Aspire 5 comes with a built-in advantage: Intel’s Optane memory, which gives the laptop’s traditional hard drive a serious boost. While its $499 sticker price entails some compromises (including a dim screen, no keyboard backlighting, and an extra pound or so), the Aspire 5’s solid performance makes it an enticing choice for productivity-minded bargain hunters. Price & specifications We tested the $499 configuration of…

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Microsoft Tips Oct. 2 Event: Here’s What to Expect

The tagline, ‘A moment of your time,’ has some speculating about a smartwatch. But expect a look at upcoming Windows capabilities, Surface hardware updates, and possibly new hardware. Microsoft today sent invitations to an Oct. 2 event in New York City. The company held a similar event last year to debut new Surface hardware and show off features coming to Windows 10. Since this year’s invitation reads simply “A moment of your time,” some have speculated that the company may…

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Dell G3 15 (3579) review: This budget gaming laptop makes the most of what it’s got

The Dell G3 15 gaming laptop delivers solid performance in a package that’s a little less than an inch thick. It’s very affordable, too, at just $850 from Dell (at this writing) for the Model 3579 configuration we tested. The G3 15 has its downsides, including a Full-HD display that isn’t as bright as we’d like, frame rates that struggle to reach 60 fps on top-tier games, and a weight exceeding five pounds (although it’s not as massive as some…

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Asus VivoBook S15 S530UA Review & Rating

Here’s something we see too seldom in modern laptops: bold color! With color choices and highlights that set it apart from the hordes of ho-hum mainstream laptops, the Asus VivoBook S15 is a thin-and-light winner among laptops geared toward students. Given the $699.99 price for the single configuration that Asus offers, you might expect middling performance and an uninspiring build, but this laptop surprised us. It ships in a choice of five colors, but the internal components of the Asus…

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Huawei Matebook X Pro review: A few cut corners diminish this otherwise great laptop’s value

Huawei’s Matebook X Pro may remind you of how another Chinese vendor, OnePlus, captured a chunk of the smartphone market with flagship specs at an affordable price.  Besides the oddball pop-up webcam and a short supply of the high-end Core i7 model, the 14-inch Matebook X Pro thin-and-light offers several compelling reasons to buy it: a great display, a good keyboard, terrific audio, and even an included USB-C dock. It’s hard to believe that Huawei even included a discrete GeForce…

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